Dec 29, 2012 8:00am EST
couldn't get anything done in the lame duck congress, after the election, politicians will be free to reason together. why should it be any different or any better in a new congress? >> what does it say about the state of our politics? that these elected officials manufactured a crisis and can't get themselves out of the box that they constructed? what does it say? >> it says that we don't have just an ideological divide. we have a crisis of self-government right now. to be real clear about it. this is a time bomb that congress set. nobody wants to see frustration cuts. but that's the stick they put to their own head as a way of compelling a deal to get done. and a deal doesn't get done. we're not even aiming for the grand bargain that is necessary to reduce long-term deficits and debt. we weren't that far from a deal two weeks ago. but we are today. we're going to get a patch and be here again in two months. congress can't get out of its own way. we keep setting our own traps. and we can't find a way to reason together. >> john, we appreciate the clarity, even if it's depressing. tha
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
. >>> in their first interview since the election, president and mrs. obama sat down with barbara walters. in this moment from their wide-ranging conversation, the first couple is revealing intimate moments from the campaign trail. >> mr. president, mrs. obama, there's a photograph of that you went viral. became the most-shared photograph in the history of twitter. here it is. when you look at this picture, what do you think? at what point was that? >> i think we were campaigning in iowa. >> why were you hugging her so hard in iowa? >> because i love my wife. >> also, i hadn't seen him in a while. when you're campaigning, we're two ships passing in the night. and the first time i saw him was when i walked onstage to greet him. and that's my honey giving me a hug. >> i like giving you hugs. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> that's a good question. >> you know, we've been married now 20 years. >> uh-huh. >> and like every marriage, i think you have your ups and you have your downs. but if you work through the tough times, the respect and love that you feel deepest. >> and there'